The first lady has given just a handful of speeches in her official role and did not move into the White House until months after her husband's inauguration, remaining in NY so that the couple's son, Barron Trump, could finish out the school year.
And this Christmas decor debate certainly isn't the first time that Melania's posture or fashion choices have either come under fire or elicited a grandiose amount of patronizing sympathy - two very different sentiments that have each inspired backlash in subsequent hot takes about the first lady's degree of agency over her own life.
More recently, President Trump repeated his pledge at last October's Voter Values Summit saying: "They don't use the word 'Christmas" because it's not politically correct.
Jennifer Pickens, an expert on White House East Wing traditions, predicted that Mrs. Trump's window wreaths will become another tradition that no future first lady will want to end.
In recent days, the White House has been heavily promoting the first lady's role in preparing for the holiday season.
Aside from the decor debacle, the Trump family debuted their holiday greeting card, which included nothing about the "holidays". Tablets are placed next to the tree, as they have been in past years, so that visitors can send holiday notes to the troops overseas.More news: Massage Envy facing allegations of sexual assault at numerous locations
One added: "Pointless. When @realDonaldTrump sees 'a handsome woman, [he] just start [s] kissing them.' I hear he doesn't 'even wait".
"Detail shot of the book volumes that form a Christmas tree in the library at the White House".
"Ornaments on a Christmas tree at the White House during a press preview of the 2017 holiday decorations".
Next, the China Room "is set up for a family Christmas dinner, with the table displaying the china from President Ronald Reagan".More news: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Wedding WILL Be Televised!!
There are rooms and halls filled with cookies, Christmas trees, crafts, and classic decorations.
The standout feature, however, would have to be the 160-kilogram gingerbread house in the State Dining Room of the White House.More news: Miss South Africa Crowned Miss Universe